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La Tour Eiffel – A day in Paris

Every semester, I try to incorporate a lesson that involves painting on canvas for my older students. This is one of the first painting projects that I have taught that actually went really well. I think my students enjoyed it because it involved a bit of structure and composition (something they could emulate and modify quite easily).

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Inspired by Cinnamon Cooney’s video: Beginners acrylic painting | Eiffel Tower | with stunning Sunrise Tutorial, I decided to make my own painting and I absolutely love Cooney’s depiction of the Eiffel Tower. Her tutorial shows how to add on each painted layer to include a graded backround, bright tower lights, a river, bushes and flowers. 

To make it easier for my students, I also gave them a simple sketch of the Eiffel Tower, roughly divided into 3 sections. In the materials section, you will find the handout. 

Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

Materials:
– Canvas
– Acrylic Paint
– Eiffel Tower Handout

 

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By The Seashore

“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour, but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.” -Sandy Gingras

IMAG2807.jpgToday, I taught my students this fantastic craft activity! They loved painting the background, rearranging seashells and making origami sea creatures 🙂 It is a project that encompasses many different skills and presents a challenge for those who like folding paper and creating 3D sculptures.

Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Materials:
– Large Cardboard Paper
– Acrylic Paint
– Square Pieces of Origami Paper
– Seashells Handout: Seashells
– Pencil Crayons or Watercolour Paint (for the seashells)
– White Glue and Glue Gun

Optional:
– Cork (for human character)
– Mini Seashells
– Glitter

I started the class by asking my students to paint the background with various shades/tones of blue and brown. We mostly used dark and light blue, turquoise, white, brown and yellow. After everyone was settled, I spent half an hour teaching how to make very simple origami creatures: Whale, Crab, Fish and Canoe

I also gave everyone a handout with different seashell designs. The students could either draw their own or colour and paint the ones on the sheet. After cutting them out, they glued on all their shells and origami pieces. Some painted on a cork to create a human figure. 

Here are some cool examples:

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Elephants in Raincoats

Time to dress up for Spring! Although elephants don’t really need raincoats, they look fashionable with them on and students get to have fun creating cool outfits 🙂 

This simple character design activity is easy to follow along and involves colouring, cutting, gluing and creative thinking. It is also encouraged to add props..like the construction worker on the top left who is holding a log with its trunk. 

And..of course, it doesn’t have to be an elephant. You can alter this project to give any character beautiful Spring clothing 😀

Duration: 30 – 40 min

Materials:
– A handout with parts of the outfit: Raincoat & BootsUmbrella
– A tracing sample of the elephant’s body 
– Construction Paper
– Colouring Materials

 

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Disneytastic Name Plate

“By being yourself, you put something beautiful into the world that was not there before.”
-Edwin Elliot

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Check out all these beautiful Minnie and Mickey name plates created by my students! Each has its own personal style. I absolutely love them and hope you do too 🙂 

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Duration: 20-30min

Materials: 
– Construction Paper (black, peach, white, pink, etc..)
– Black & Red Marker
– Scrapbook Paper

Optional:
– Wire 
– Beads

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Crafty Elf & Reindeer Ornament

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

The Christmas season is a great time for family fun and DIY crafts!
Here are two simple projects that your little one may enjoy making 🙂

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Duration: 25-40 min

Materials:
– Construction Paper (red, green, white, brown)
– Elf Head (elf-faces)
– Hole-Puncher
– String/Ribbon
– Crayons
– Black Marker

Optional:
– Googly Eyes
– Buttons
– Sparkles and Sequints

A simple pear-shaped design will get artists started on the head of their reindeer ornament. As time goes by and artists add their own features, it is amazing to see the variations that students come up with. I also love to put out small and shiny shapes that everyone can use because it adds more magic to their work.

With the remaining construction paper left, one can make a personalized elf with wiggly arms and legs. I have included a template of a boy and girl elf head in the materials list, but you can always make your own 🙂 Don’t forget to fancy up your elf by including a Christmas hat, winter gloves, boots and buttons too!

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Autumn Colours

“Fall has always been my favourite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” -Lauren deStefano

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I hope it’s not too late to post this craft activity 🙂 Most leaves may have fallen off already, but we can still reminisce the beauty of autumn by putting together our very own tree with vibrant colours and swirling leaves.

Duration: 20 – 30 min

Materials: 
– Construction Paper
– Tissue Paper
– Pre-cut leaves 
– Scissors and White Glue

 

Here are some tips:
– Use the back of a pencil to shape and scrunch up tissue paper
– Prepare some pre-cut leaves with a paper leaf cutter

 

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Thanksgiving Autumn Craft

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” -William Arthur WardIMAG2070.jpg

This year, I taught my younger students a combined autumn and thanksgiving craft which consists of a free drawing, paper scarecrow and colourful turkey.

As the class settles in, I usually ask my students to do a free drawing, which can be anything that they feel like creating in the moment. This project is great because I can incorporate their drawing along with the main class activity. It also allows students to work at their own pace and add layers to their work.

To simplify materials, I gave each student pre-cut rectangular pieces of construction paper (yellow, orange, brown, black and one other colour of their choice). They could then modify and cut out shapes for their scarecrow.

Duration: 60-75min

Materials:
– Construction Paper (various colours)
– Tissue Paper
– Black Marker
– White Paper
– Pencil Crayons/Markers

Here are some cool examples, including one from a student who absolutely loves mustaches!